Monday 26 December
North Ferriby United 0
York City 1
Aarran Racine 13
Half-time: NFU 0 York City 1
This defeat was a big blow to Ferriby’s hopes of moving out of the Vanarama National League relegation zone over the festive period.
It was a disappointing result in front of a record crowd for a league game at Ferriby.
A strong wind that blew down the pitch throughout the game dictated how this game was played.
York totally dominated the first-half playing with the wind and they really should have led by more than one goal at the interval. They continually pushed Ferriby back with Adiano Moke and Jon Parkin prominent in attacks. Parkin’s ability was a major factor in York’s win. His ability in the air was important and his control and distribution of the ball when he dropped back in to midfield made a difference.
Ferriby were on the back foot from the start and they seemed a little overawed by the occasion in the opening 20 minutes. They failed to keep any sort of possession playing against the wind and far too many tackles were missed throughout the half.
Parkin and Simon Lappin went close for York before the visitors scored the match-winning goal after 13 minutes. Simon Lappin’s deep corner was headed back across goal by Parkin to Aarran Racine who headed home unchallenged from close range. It was no more than York deserved.
The Villagers could just not get any kind of impetus going forward despite Ross Artmstrong’s promptings.
York thought they had a second goal when Rhys Murphy’s header was cleared off the line. Lappin then clipped the outside of the post with a free-kick.
Ferriby did not manage a single goal attempt in the half and the never really threatened York keeper Kyle Letheren.
The second-half was similar to the first but this time it was Ferriby who had the wind and, with it, the greater possession. Even so, they created few clear chances as York defended well.
Mark Gray saw an effort blocked by York keeper Letheren on the line. For all Ferriby’s pressure, Letheren’s only other save was responding quickly to a deflected interception by Simon Heslop that looked to be sneaking into the corner.
Ferriby kept pressing but the intensity they had shown in their previous two league games was missing. Manager Steve Housham is full of praise for his players but is well aware that they lack experience at this level. Nobody can deny that this squad has skill and potential but they lack a couple of experienced players who know how to manage a game. The loss of the experienced Steve Brogan due to an injury in training on Christmas Eve did not help The Villagers.
Housham was a disappointed man after the match,
“I’m disappointed with the result. Our first-half performance was not what we expected. It’s a young side and we lacked a leader today. The windy conditions meant that the game had no real quality. We conceded a scrappy goal. The second-half performance was better but we didn’t do enough to find a goal.
“Despite the result, we need to remember where this club is and what it has achieved. We have performed better than many expected us to this season. It was always going to be a massive learning experience for the players and they will have learned a lot from today.
“As always, we pick ourselves up and go again at York on Sunday.”
NFU: Rory Watson, Sam Topliss (Ryan Fallowfield 45), Taron Hare, Mark Gray, Ben Middleton , Levi Sutton, Jake Skelton , Ross Armstrong (Ryan Kendall 85), Danny Emerton (Darryn Stamp 68), Kyle Wootton, Reece Thompson Subs not used: Connor Oliver, Curtis Bateson
York City: Kyle Letheren, Shaun Rooney, Simon Heslop, Yan Klukowski (Alex Whittle 55)Simon Lappin, Jon Parkin, Sean Newton, Adriano Moke, Danny Holmes, Rhys Murphy, Aarran Racine.
Subs not used:, Matt Fry, Daniel Nti, Luke Woodland, Callum Rzonca